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2008 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Transcript

This is just one question from an archive of the National DNA Day Moderated Chat held in April 2008. The NHGRI Director and many genomics experts from across NHGRI took questions from students, teachers and the general public on topics ranging from basic genomic research, to the genetic basis of disease, to ethical questions about genetic privacy.

Is creativity genetic?
     Saskia Sanderson, Ph.D.: Investigating the psychological effects (emotional, cognitive and behavioral) of providing individuals with personalized genetic information about their risk of developing common, complex behavior-linked conditions such as lung cancer, heart disease and obesity. Genetics almost certainly influence aspects of how people think, feel and behave - some of which will influence how creative somebody is. However, creativity, personality, artistic ability, logical thinking and almost all aspects of human thought and behavior are all very, very complicated. We are only just starting to understand how genetics into the whole picture.
St. Ignatius College Prep in IL (12th grade student)

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